Audience award goes to 'Kon-Tiki'

LONDON — Dag Johan Haugerud’s “I Belong” won the Nordic film prize at the Norwegian Film Festival in Haugesund on Wednesday.

The helmer shares the award of NOK 75,000 ($12,700) with producers Yngve Saether and Sigve Endresen of Motlys.

“This film invites us into a universe we don’t want to leave,” the jury stated. “It is a simple story about complex emotions and relationships. It is personal, brave and true to its own vision.”

The film, which world-preemed at the fest, contain three tragicomedic storylines about women facing dilemmas in everyday situations, where what might appear a minor problem to one may feel like a disaster to another.

The audience award went to the fest’s opening film “Kon-Tiki,” directed by Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg. Pic follows Thor Heyerdahl’s 1947 voyage across the Pacific on a primitive balsa raft. The film plays next at the Toronto Film Festival.

Benh Zeitlin’s gothic drama “Beasts of the Southern Wild” won the film critics’ jury prize, while the cinema managers’ jury chose Ken Loach’s “The Angels’ Share” as winner of the Ray of Sunshine award.

The Andreas Award, an ecumenical award, went to Michael Haneke’s “Amour,” which won Cannes’ Palme d’Or.

The fest wraps Thursday.

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